Between the twinkling lights, the promise of Santa’s visit and ornaments that hold years of family memories, there are few feelings more magical than putting up a Christmas tree. For a few short weeks each December, the house smells of evergreens as gifts for friends and family are piled under the branches. So this year, why not make a day of it and visit one of the many scenic tree farms within a short drive of downtown Portland? You’ll find the perfect Christmas tree for your home—and enjoy a wonderful day out with your family in the process.

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photo: Mark T via flickr

Furrow Farm
With trees that have been featured in NBC’s “Grimm” and Better Homes and Gardens, the family-owned Furrow Farm has been growing trees, hazelnuts, cattle, horses and other animals for three generations. And come Christmas, you’ll find a wide selection of pre-cut and U-cut Balsam, Douglas, Grand, Noble and Nordmann firs that reach heights of up to 15 feet. Adding to the holiday ambience are free hot cocoa and candy canes, a selection of wreaths and garlands and a free tractor ride that winds throughout the farm.

Nov. 25-Dec. 24
Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-dark; Sat. & Sun, 9 a.m.-dark
Prices: $6/foot; $20/any size Douglas fir; cash, checks and credit/debit accepted
25877 NW West Union Rd.
Hillsboro, Or
503-647-5288
Online: furrowfarm.com

Helvetia Christmas Tree Farm
It’s a family affair at Helvetia Christmas Tree Farm, where Don and Nancy Miller’s children and grandchildren greet customers, run the cash registers and bale and shake the trees. Choose from a selection of pre-cut and U-cut Douglas, Grand, Noble and Nordmann firs that reach heights of 10 feet, and watch your kids roast marshmallows in the firepit, play in the artificial snow, visit with Santa and marvel at the train display. Just don’t leave for home without picking up a lovely handmade wreath.

Nov. 25-Dec. 11
Fri.-Sun., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Prices: $47/trees up to seven feet; $50/trees over seven feet; $25/Douglas firs; cash, checks and credit/debit accepted
12814 NW Bishop Rd.
Hillsboro, Or
503-647-5858
Online: helvetia-christmas-tree-farm.com

Knapp Farms
Stunningly situated in open view of Mt. Hood, Knapp Farms offers one of the most scenic Christmas tree-cutting experiences in the entire region. You’ll drink hot cocoa and cider, snack on popcorn and candy canes and admire more than 30,000 trees grown at the foot of Mt. Hood. Whether you cut your own Grand or Noble fir or call in an assist from the friendly crew, you’ll find reasonably priced trees that range from four to 12 feet in height.

Nov. 25-Dec.24
Fri.-Sun., 9 a.m.-dark
Prices: $10 & up
41160 SE Hwy. 26
Sandy, Or
503-668-9613
Online: knappfarms.com

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photo: Patrick via flickr

Pollard Ranch
Established in 2010 by Lloyd and Meghan Pollard, Pollard Ranch is a plantation of nearly 35,000 Christmas trees that is also home to elk, deer, bobcats and other resident wildlife. It’s a place to find pre-cut and U-cut Douglas, Grand, Noble and Nordmann firs as you sip hot cocoa, roast marshmallows, take hayrides across the farm and wander the various nature paths. But perhaps best of all? Pollard Ranch offers online orders for pick-up and home delivery, just in case you don’t have a whole day to spend on the farm.

Open beginning Nov. 25
Wed.-Fri., 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Prices: Our tree prices are $8 per foot for any tree up to 6 feet.  For 7 feet or taller, the price is $9 per foot.
13225 NW Skyline Blvd.
Portland, Or
971-238-9799
Online: pollard-ranch.com

Quail Creek Ranch Christmas Trees
A beloved Portland Christmas tradition since 1985, Quail Creek Ranch encompasses nearly 20 acres of land on the south side of Skyline Ridge. You and your kids can take a hayride, eat candy canes, sip free hot cocoa and cider and choose from nearly 20,000 Douglas, Fraser, Grand, Noble, Nordmann and Turkish firs, which range from table-toppers to 15-foot giants. An added bonus? The baling, cutting, shaking, hauling and loading of your tree are all complimentary.

Fri.-Sun., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., or by appointment
Prices: See the complete price list here; cash and credit/debit accepted
9955 NW Kaiser Rd.
Portland, Or
503-629-5464
Online: qcrxtrees.com

Reichen Christmas Tree Farm
It’s one-price-fits-all at Reichen Christmas Tree Farm, a local favorite that takes the guesswork out of the Christmas tree-cutting process. No matter the size of your U-cut Grand or Noble fir, you’ll pay just $40 per tree—saving you and your family plenty of cash to spend on ornaments, tinsel and a few extra gifts.

Open beginning Nov. 25
Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Prices: $40/tree; cash or check only
8450 NW 185th Ave.
Portland, Or
503-645-4125
Online: facebook.com/reichenchristmastrees

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photo: She Saw Things Photography

Sauvie Island Farms
Well-known in Portland for its U-pick berries, peaches, corn, pumpkins and flowers, Sauvie Island Farms is the domain of David and Vicki Egger, the third generation of their family to farm on the island. In Christmas season, the farm also offers a crop of Douglas, Grand and Noble firs, as well as wreaths and cedar garlands to help decorate your home. The scenery is wide open and beautiful—and a perfect place for kids to stretch their legs.

Open beginning Nov. 25
Mon.-Sat., 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Prices: $3/foot for Douglas firs up to 10 feet; $4/foot for Grand firs up to seven feet; $5/foot for Noble firs up to six feet; cash and credit/debit accepted
19818 NW Sauvie Island Rd.
Portland, Or
503-621-3988
Online: sauvieislandfarms.com

Sunny Day Tree Farm
Beautifully set on 80 hilltop acres that overlook the Willamette Valley wine country, the Sunny Day Tree Farm makes for a lovely outing come sunshine, rain, clouds or snow. Open since 1975, the farm features an especially long shopping season for Noble, Nordmann and Turkish firs that reach heights of up to 15 feet. And if you time your visit for December 3, you’ll enjoy a complimentary visit (and photo) with Santa between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Nov. 19-Dec.24
Daily, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Prices: $40/U-cut trees; $45/pre-cut trees; cash or check only
25100 SW Neill Rd.
Sherwood, Or
503-628-1017
Online: sunnydaytreefarm.com

What is your favorite Christmas tree farm in the Portland area? Let us know in the comments below!

— Maura O’Brien